Dell Vostro 430, Core i7-860, 3GB DDR3, 500GB, Radeon HD 4350, Win7 Pro, £469.06 @ Dell - HotUKDeals
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Can't link to Dell from deal page so use link below or also on post 1.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&kc=D4X43003&l=en&m_30=143659&oc=D014303&rbc=D014303&s=bsd

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Don't forget Quidco or TopCashBack which are 5 or 6% excluding VAT.

Product Code D014303
Vostro Desktop 430
Intel Core i7-860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)
Windows 7 Professional (choice of 32 or 64 BIT)
Memory 3GB DDR3 1066MHz
ATI Radeon HD 4350 (DVI, VGA, HDMI)
Hard Drive 500GB (7200rpm)
DVD+/- RW Optical Drive
Dell Standard Quietkey USB Keyboard & Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Standard Warranty 1 Year Collect and Return
Microsoft Works 9.0, Norton Internet Security 2010 - 15 Month Protection
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#2
Good price but I wouldn't recommend Dell to anyone after my experiences recently. My core i7 was despatched on 06/01, had a call saying delivery would be on 11/01, took day of work, didn't show up, sent numerous e-mails to Dell and heard nothing, they re-arranged delivery for 15/01, took day off work, no show again. Another 5 e-mails and altogther 8 hours on the phone, still no response.

It turned up today!!!!

All in all the worst online shopping experience I have ever had, 10 e-mails over 8 days, zero response, 8 hours in phone queues, one answer. Avoid like the plague!!!!
1 Like #3
RetroFuture
Good price but I wouldn't recommend Dell to anyone after my experiences recently. My core i7 was despatched on 06/01, had a call saying delivery would be on 11/01, took day of work, didn't show up, sent numerous e-mails to Dell and heard nothing, they re-arranged delivery for 15/01, took day off work, no show again. Another 5 e-mails and altogther 8 hours on the phone, still no response.

It turned up today!!!!

All in all the worst online shopping experience I have ever had, 10 e-mails over 8 days, zero response, 8 hours in phone queues, one answer. Avoid like the plague!!!!


Bad experience for you but for a friend of mine, I bought them a XPS 1730 laptop in the price glitch waaaay back, cracking service.
Laptop failed within warranty period...replaced with £2500 worth of Alienware...how much did he pay £850!!!!...now that's service:thumbsup:

As with most companies some service good, some poor and .... some flipping marvelous.
Personally never had bad service from Dell.
#4
great price!
#5
I've had 2 PC's and a laptop from Dell, never had a problem with the sale service, or the after sales service with the single problem I had with one of the PC's in 3 years of use.

I would get it, but being a Dell I'm guessing they've disabled the overclocking features in the BIOS, which are a must for any PC I own (especially as these i7's can be pushed pretty far with little effort or risk.
#6
jukkie
I would get it, but being a Dell I'm guessing they've disabled the overclocking features in the BIOS, which are a must for any PC I own (especially as these i7's can be pushed pretty far with little effort or risk.

Not so much disabled as never implemented which is true for all mainstream desktops that the large OEMs sell, HP, Acer etc.
1 Like #7
Cracking price for an i7.swsap out the bits that you dont like, sell them on Ebay and get some more RAM and a bigger HDD. GFX card is ok.
#8
it's a fair market price, nothing outstanding.
#9
Agharta
Not so much disabled as never implemented which is true for all mainstream desktops that the large OEMs sell, HP, Acer etc.


You'll find 'disabled' is more accurate. Those OEM's don't manufacture a lot of their own motherboards (especially HP), they simply re-write the firmware of retail boards with only the options they want you to have the ability to change, and then implement a feature that stops you from re-flashing it back to the original makers firmware.
#10
jukkie
You'll find 'disabled' is more accurate. Those OEM's don't manufacture a lot of their own motherboards (especially HP), they simply re-write the firmware of retail boards with only the options they want you to have the ability to change, and then implement a feature that stops you from re-flashing it back to the original makers firmware.

I’d be very surprised if that’s the case as large OEMs tend to use no frills basic boards by companies such as Foxconn which never make it to retail anyway!
The vast majority of boards are OEM and not retail so it’s counterintuitive to add a feature to ALL boards and then disable it in the vast majority of them; that would be a waste of time and money and for OEM boards every cent counts.
#11
Now 499
#12
bingowings85
it's a fair market price, nothing outstanding.


Are you sure? Core i7-860 alone (retail incl. fan) is well over £200, and think it's nearly impossible to build this yourself for this price.

Canb't find any comparable desktop PC's for this price (but most have double the RAM and bigger harddrives etc. Only get this processor in performance PC's)

Main drawback, only 3Gb RAM.
#13
Davidben83
Now 499

You have to add the voucher; read the details in the deal page.
#14
would snap this up in a heartbeat if it didnt have the crappy oem bios!
#15
Dell have unfortunately started sucking hard over the last year or so.
#16
Trust me you can never overclock this, good price but NO.
#17
bingowings85
it's a fair market price, nothing outstanding.

i7-860 £220
Win 7 Pro OEM £105
3GB DDR3 £50
LGA1156 mobo £75
500GB HDD £35
HD 4350 £25
DVD+-RW £15

Total £525
Then add a case, power supply, keyboard and mouse.

Seems reasonable price to me. :thinking:
#18
We use these at work but with 4GB RAM and the GT200 graphics card, good PC's just very very very noisy, ok for office but too loud for home.
#19
RetroFuture
Good price but I wouldn't recommend Dell to anyone after my experiences recently. My core i7 was despatched on 06/01, had a call saying delivery would be on 11/01, took day of work, didn't show up, sent numerous e-mails to Dell and heard nothing, they re-arranged delivery for 15/01, took day off work, no show again. Another 5 e-mails and altogther 8 hours on the phone, still no response.

It turned up today!!!!

All in all the worst online shopping experience I have ever had, 10 e-mails over 8 days, zero response, 8 hours in phone queues, one answer. Avoid like the plague!!!!


fully agree, delivery side is not good at all
#20
oddballjamie
We use these at work but with 4GB RAM and the GT200 graphics card, good PC's just very very very noisy, ok for office but too loud for home.


?

I've got a Vostro 430 with a similar spec to this apart from RAID 1 disks and a Nvidia GTS240 graphics card. Its on my desk and the sound is pretty unobtrusive. I bought it early last month (December).

My one was delivered from Poland, so it takes a few days after its despatched before it arrives. The quoted delivery time when from 8 days to 30 days to 8 days after the order.
#21
Urzrkymn;7605032
Dell have unfortunately started sucking hard over the last year or so.

My personal experience has been the exact opposite.
#22
I'm thinking of getting this D104303 or the D104302.

For £55 more inc. VAT I'd be getting a 500GB vs. 320GB drive which I don't care about, but a i7-860 versus a i5-750 processor. Is the i7-860 worth an extra £55 would anyone say?
#23
twinkle;7602268
Bad experience for you but for a friend of mine, I bought them a XPS 1730 laptop in the price glitch waaaay back, cracking service.
Laptop failed within warranty period...replaced with £2500 worth of Alienware...how much did he pay £850!!!!...now that's service:thumbsup:

As with most companies some service good, some poor and .... some flipping marvelous.
Personally never had bad service from Dell.


lol, alienware !!? - you mean £800 for the pc and £1700 for the case......alienware stuff is so overpriced it makes apple macs (dressed up 5 year old tech for gullible saps) look remarkable value
#24
Bit strange the default is 3gb RAM when a i7 860 is build on socket 1156 these use dual channel.
So for best performance use sticks in pairs, so 2, 4 or 8GB
Only I7 920 etc need to have RAM in 3's.
#25
Looks like a great deal am in the market for something nippy not going to be gaming so looks ideal
#26
thinktony
I'm thinking of getting this D104303 or the D104302.
For £55 more inc. VAT I'd be getting a 500GB vs. 320GB drive which I don't care about, but a i7-860 versus a i5-750 processor. Is the i7-860 worth an extra £55 would anyone say?

It’s only worth buying the i7 if you are using applications that scale beyond 4 cores AND also utilise Hyper-Threading effectively. Otherwise you will only get about a 5% performance increase.
#27
oddballjamie
We use these at work but with 4GB RAM and the GT200 graphics card, good PC's just very very very noisy, ok for office but too loud for home.


Dell PCs must have gotten noisier, my dell e310 bought in 2006 is very quiet as it used a single 120mm fan...
#28
oddballjamie
We use these at work but with 4GB RAM and the GT200 graphics card, good PC's just very very very noisy, ok for office but too loud for home.


Can these really be all that noisy? There's only the power supply fan in it that could make a racket as far as I can see. Are you sure it's not just your GT200 graphics cards?
#29
Fantastic price with the 20% discount! H&R added!
#30
Button Moon
Bit strange the default is 3gb RAM when a i7 860 is build on socket 1156 these use dual channel. So for best performance use sticks in pairs, so 2, 4 or 8GB

Companies often offer 3GB as a compromise on price even though today's systems are dual channel.


Button Moon
Only I7 920 etc need to have RAM in 3's.

They don’t NEED to have tri channel RAM and the performance difference between 2 and 3 channels is not significant.
#31
Anyone recommend any cheaper Dell deals that are worthwhile? I'm looking for a new PC but don't really need the fastest processor (won't be used for games but want a decent enough processor with 4GB RAM to run Windows 7 comfortably though).
#32
thinktony
Can these really be all that noisy? There's only the power supply fan in it that could make a racket as far as I can see. Are you sure it's not just your GT200 graphics cards?


I don't think this one will be noisy. As I wrote earlier, I've got a Vostro 430 with a 2.8Ghz i7 and a NVIDIA GTS240 and its fine.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 MT was on sale in the first half of 2009 (and more recently on the Dell Outlet). http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/19273513.aspx is a thread which talks about how noisy it is.
#33
ahenry
I don't think this one will be noisy. As I wrote earlier, I've got a Vostro 430 with a 2.8Ghz i7 and a NVIDIA GTS240 and its fine.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 MT was on sale in the first half of 2009 (and more recently on the Dell Outlet). http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/19273513.aspx is a thread which talks about how noisy it is.



Double checked and its the i5 we have, got four of them in the office and they are quiet 50
% of the time. The noise comes from the rear exhaust case fan and processor fan. They seem to randomly speed up for no reason, even when the screen saver is on and the system isn't under load.
#34
Is this a good Home PC? I noticed it was under the business section. I was thinking about getting this instead for the same price -

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/new/upsell/inspiron-580-D005805?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Bigger HD, although some googling shows the processor is £100 cheaper. It also has windows 7 home premium instead of Professional - I guess this is better for home in some way?

Graphics aren't the most important in my choice, i'd like to play games but they don't need to be top spec or anything. I just want a solid PC that is quick with stuff like itunes, internet browsing, playing football manager, varoius homely tasks.

Some comparisons would be great...

Thanks,

Bolst
#35
After a bit of pondering, I decided to go for it. :thinking: Great specifications for the price. I appreciate you posting this, so thanks a lot. Heat and rep added.
#36
I used this thread to tweek the deal and I think it is achievable to get the same core system for the same price but with some add-ons

The differences are:

I opted to keep the 320GB HDD (rather than 500GB) by selecting the i5 system and upgrade the processor to i7.
I went for 6GB of OCZ 1600 RAM (rather than upgrade to 4GB of 1333MHz here and will sell the 2GB that comes with mine on ebay).
I bought a 300Mbps USB N Adaptor making it WiFi.
I upgraded to wireless keyboard and mouse for £4.50 approx (glitch saves you £10).

If my plan comes off and cashback works then it'll come in at the same price as this.

Link to my thread here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/588750/intel-core-i7-860-2-8mhz-6gb-ddr3-1
#37
Thank you - passed the deal on to someone who ordered two of these with 4GB, 23" display, Office Basic and Windows 7 Pro 64bit for the evil total of £666 each - not bad.:-D
#38
bolst
Is this a good Home PC? I noticed it was under the business section. I was thinking about getting this instead for the same price -

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/new/upsell/inspiron-580-D005805?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Bigger HD, although some googling shows the processor is £100 cheaper. It also has windows 7 home premium instead of Professional - I guess this is better for home in some way?

Graphics aren't the most important in my choice, i'd like to play games but they don't need to be top spec or anything. I just want a solid PC that is quick with stuff like itunes, internet browsing, playing football manager, varoius homely tasks.

Some comparisons would be great...

Thanks,

Bolst


I think you want to look at this site or this one here for all Dell Comparisons

Some great deals on the Vostro range as there is a 20% discount code available to use !
#39
Seems good value compared to my 'nearly' complete i5 build. I have bought pretty expensive components though.

Wonder what sort of graphic card upgrade the PSU can handle. It's quite astonishing that it is slower than the mobility card in my 3.5 year old laptop (X1600)
#40
ahenry
I don't think this one will be noisy. As I wrote earlier, I've got a Vostro 430 with a 2.8Ghz i7 and a NVIDIA GTS240 and its fine.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 MT was on sale in the first half of 2009 (and more recently on the Dell Outlet). http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/19273513.aspx is a thread which talks about how noisy it is.


I've got an 18 month old quad core Vostro 400 which I find quite noisy. I think it's the same case as the XPS 435 without the shiny front. The component are probably all different from the model on offer here, but just wanted to add my 2p worth that not all Vostros are nice and quiet!

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